Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
How to a Treat Traumatic Brain Injury and File a Successful Lawsuit
Treatment may vary depending on the severity of the injury.
- Mild. At-home remedies are available to use for individuals who are going through mild traumatic brain injury. This includes resting and taking pain relievers, such as Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol. It is important for the individual to be monitored by someone else to check on their symptoms in case they happen to worsen. It is also recommended for the individual to make a follow-up appointment with a doctor to make sure that their health is good. The doctor can determine whether or not your injury is being maintained appropriately or if you need additional treatments.
- Moderate to Severe. You must receive emergency care if you are experiencing moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries. You will be given enough oxygen and blood supply to control your blood pressure. Furthermore, the doctor(s) will try to reduce secondary damage caused by inflammation, lack of oxygen, or bleeding.
There are several types of medication to take to limit secondary damage to the brain after a brain injury. This includes:
- Coma-inducing drugs. In some circumstances, doctors will use this drug to put the individual into a temporary coma. A comatose brain needs to have less oxygen in order for it to properly function. This may also benefit blood vessels that are not able to supply brain cells with the appropriate amount of oxygen and nutrients.
- Diuretics. Helps lessen pressure inside the brain.
- Anti-seizure drugs. Individuals suffering from moderate or severe brain injuries have a high chance of experiencing seizures after the first week of the injury. Taking this drug will help them avoid any chances of getting brain damage that could be caused by a seizure. Consistent use of this drug may only be applicable if the individual is dealing with seizures occasionally.
You may need to undergo emergency surgery to reduce any damage done to your brain tissues. This includes:
- Blood clot removal. Bleeding is found either on the inside or outside of the brain. This can trigger blood clots. Blood clots could add pressure on the brain along with damaging the brain tissue. Surgery is needed to remove blood clots and repair the blood vessel in order to have the blood flow normally again.
- Decompression of the brain. Internal bleeding of the brain is caused by head injuries. Decompression of the brain will release pooled blood, repair any damaged blood vessels, and relieve pressure.
- Skull fracture surgery. A powerful impact to the head may result in a fractured skull. Surgery is needed to repair the damages or to remove any pieces of the skull that are in the brain.
- Window to the brain. This surgery is done to relieve pressure inside the skull. The doctor will drain cerebrospinal fluid or construct a window in the skull in order to have additional room for swollen tissues.
Individuals who endure a moderate or severe brain injury must go through rehabilitation. This will help them make improvements on their day-to-day activities. Generally, therapy will start in the hospital and will then transfer to an inpatient rehabilitation unit. Individuals will each receive different types and lengths of rehabilitation. It all depends on how severe their brain injury is. There are many types of rehabilitation specialists that are available to help with the recovery process. This includes:
- Physical therapist. They help the individual re-learn or improve on their movements. This involves their walking and overall balance.
- Occupational therapist. They will help the individual learn or improve on performing their day-to-day activities.
- Physiatrist. They will help the individual by managing the medical rehabilitation issues along with making prescriptions, if needed.
- Speech and language pathologist. They help the individual improve or enhance their communication skills.
- Rehabilitation nurse. They will offer rehabilitation care and services along with performing discharge planning from either the hospital or rehabilitation facility.
- Traumatic brain injury nurse specialist. Helps inform family members affected by brain injury about the injury itself along with the recovery process.
- Neuropsychologist. They will help the individual by managing their behaviors. Furthermore, they will demonstrate how the individual can implement coping strategies into their lifestyle. They may also offer psychotherapy for those who are dealing with emotional or psychological issues.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
If your loved one has passed away from brain death due to the negligent actions of another individual, West Coast Trial Lawyers has brain injury attorneys that focus on complex litigation, including catastrophic injuries to the brain. Our attorneys will provide you with legal advice, guidance, and handle every aspect of your case.